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Eric Zorn

Eric Zorn
Eric Zorn is a 1980 graduate of the University of Michigan, where he was a senior editor at the Michigan Daily and a creative-writing/English Literature major.

After serving a four-month internship at the Miami Herald, he came to work at the Chicago Tribune in the summer of 1980. After five years as a feature writer and radio columnist in the Tempo section he moved to the metropolitan news staff, where in late 1986, he became a news-feature columnist.

That column, Hometowns, gradually evolved into the commentary column that bears his name. It runs Tuesdays and Thursdays on the front of the metro section. In August of 2003, he started the Tribune's first Web log, which appea...
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Eric Zorn is a 1980 graduate of the University of Michigan, where he was a senior editor at the Michigan Daily and a creative-writing/English Literature major.

After serving a four-month internship at the Miami Herald, he came to work at the Chicago Tribune in the summer of 1980. After five years as a feature writer and radio columnist in the Tempo section he moved to the metropolitan news staff, where in late 1986, he became a news-feature columnist.

That column, Hometowns, gradually evolved into the commentary column that bears his name. It runs Tuesdays and Thursdays on the front of the metro section. In August of 2003, he started the Tribune's first Web log, which appears five days a week at chicagotribune.com. In July, 2006, highlights of that Web log began appearing in the Sunday Metro section.

He is a co-author of the 1990 book, "Murder of Innocence," an exploration of the life and tragic rampage of Winnetka schoolhouse killer Laurie Dann.

Zorn, his wife Johanna (an executive producer at WBEZ-FM, Chicago's public radio station) and their three children live on the city's Northwest Side.
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  • Chasing dreams and goals 10 minutes at a time

    Chasing dreams and goals 10 minutes at a time
    At the beginning of 2001, with considerable fanfare, I launched the "Someday is Now" society, a group of 188 readers who had responded to a call for volunteers willing to devote half an hour a day, six days a week for one year, pursuing a personal goal.
  • What about Blago's kids?

    What about Blago's kids?
    How could you not feel terrible for former Gov. Rod Blagojevich's daughters? Annie is 8. Amy is 15. Their father will be in federal prison when they graduate from high school, when Amy graduates from college and when both go through other rites of...

    Birkett: If it had been up to me, DuPage County would not have put Rolando Cruz on trial

     
    In an extraordinary, two-hour interview with a handful of reporters and commentators -- including some who have been highly critical of his office -- Du Page County State's Attorney Joe Birkett said Wednesday morning that, in his opinion, charges never...

    Counterpoint: Can Illinois reduce pension benefits going forward?

     
    On March 25 I asked, Can Illinois reduce prospective pension benefits going forward? Three days later, then, I posted Follow up: Can Illinois reduce prospective pension benefits going forward? in which I presented the case for yes and reprinted in...

    Forensic audit of state government, a webliography

     
    The following sources relate to Illinois Senate Resolution 763 (or see the text of the resolution below; substantially identical to Illinois House Resolution 1057): Forensic audit of state spending would save money, op-ed essay by Adam Andrzejewski....